Critical Element Definition -

critical element

Term Source: JP 3-60 (Joint Targeting) ?

1.) An element of a target, which if effectively engaged, will serve to support the achievement of an operational objective and/or mission task.

2.) An element of an entity or object that enables it to perform its primary function.

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In the United States, military vocabulary is standardized by the Department of Defence. These terms are used by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

Term Classification: operations


Department of Defence, Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Term sourced from JP 3-60: Joint Targeting, updated January 2013

This term is marked as active and was last updated in 2015

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